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Patagonia’s Mission Statement

Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Our Reason for Being
Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None require a motor; none deliver the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.

Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.

For us at Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.

We know that our business activity – from lighting stores to dyeing shirts – creates pollution as a by-product. So we work steadily to reduce those harms. We use recycled polyester in many of our clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.

Staying true to our core values during thirty-plus years in business has helped us create a company we're proud to run and work for. And our focus on making the best products possible has brought us success in the marketplace.

Let My People Go Surfing
by Yvon Chouinard

Revised and updated on the 10th anniversary of its original publication, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of an iconoclastic entrepreneur who brought doing good to the heart of his business. But even more so, it’s about challenging conventional wisdom, leading a simpler and more examined life, and making a living without losing your soul.


We're always looking for motivated people to join us in our retail stores; at our Ventura, California headquarters; Reno, Nevada Service Center; and occasionally in our overseas offices. We're especially interested in people who share our love of the outdoors, our passion for quality and our desire to make a difference.

Our job listing is updated frequently, so if you don't see a position that fits with your background and interests, try again in a week or two.


A big part of Patagonia’s mission involves public engagement. We welcome the opportunity to share our ideas and experience with the broader business community, colleges and universities, activists, designers and policymakers, as well as organizations working to implement solutions to the environmental crisis and use business as a force for positive change.

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